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Heat's Dion Waiters ingested edible, then suffered panic attack on team flight, report says

Sporting News — (Tom Gatto)

UPDATE, 4:55 a.m. ET Nov. 10: ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday night that Waiters ingested an edible infused with THC to treat a stomachache that kept him out of the Heat's game Thursday night in Phoenix and then suffered the panic attack while the team was en route to Los Angeles. Waiters received medical treatment after the plane landed, Windhorst and Wojnarowski further reported. The two also noted that the league bars the use of THC.

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Dion Waiters has not played for the Heat this season, and that streak continued Friday under bizarre circumstances.

Miami radio host Andy Slater reported that Waiters ingested too many "gummies" (presumably of the recreational-drug type and not vitamins) while the team was in flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles after its game Thursday vs. the Suns.

Waiters, it seems, was not well at the end of the flight.

Neither Waiters nor the team had confirmed the report as of late Friday. Waiters watched as Miami fell to the Lakers 95-80 at Staples Center.

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The reported plane incident will likely frustrate the Heat's ongoing efforts to trade Waiters. SN's Jordan Greer pointed out before the reported incident that there hasn't been interest from other teams dating to last year.

Waiters' contract is another obstacle: Waiters is due $12.1 million this season and $12.65 million in 2020-21.